Business Action | February / March 2020


February / March 2020 issue of the independent North Devon-based business magazine covering news about business and enterprise in Barnstaple, Bideford, Braunton, Chulmleigh, Combe Martin, Holsworthy, Ilfracombe, Lynmouth, Lynton, South Molton, Torrington, Woolacombe and more.

This issue includes the Business Action Awards 2020, North Devon's independent business awards.

New year, new office

for design agency

The Federation of Small

Businesses has appointed Lee

Nathan as the new regional

chairman of its local teams

across the South West, from

Cornwall to Gloucester.

Lee’s creative design agency,

Studiovine, has offices in

Plymouth and Bristol.

The FSB is Britain’s biggest

business representation group

and the 35-year-old sees his

role as vital to ensuring the

needs of small businesses

throughout the South West

region remain firmly on the

radar of the powers-that-be.

term client relationships built

on customer service.

“Some of our clients have

been with me for over 20 years

now. It’s like working with

friends,” says Frank of Clevera’s

clients, “and makes coming to

the studio a real pleasure.”

This approach is very

important to Frank, who loves

running his own business and

living in North Devon. Being

happy, satisfied and providing

for family are key motivations,

and the resulting working

atmosphere generates work

for Clevera through repeat

business and referrals from

contented clients.

The new offices are also

creating new opportunities

and forging a closer working

relationship between Clevera

and Kameleon Digital, who

are moving to the top floor

of the Workhouse to make

collaboration even easier on

projects combining print and

digital activities for shared


2020 has already brought big

changes for Barnstaple-based

design agency Clevera. After

closing the doors to their

old office for the Christmas

break, in January they opened

the doors to their brand new

offices at the Workhouse,

Brannam Square.

Owner Frank Stone has

lived and worked in Barnstaple

since early childhood and the

new premises mark the 20th

anniversary of him first setting

up in business, leading to the

formation of Clevera in 2012.

With a team of four focused

sharply on all aspects of design

and print, Clevera has worked

steadily to build up its clientele,

which includes local organisations

such as Webbers Estate

Agents, Castle Hill Estate and

Savona Food Service, as well

as international brands such as

Drayton Controls and ITT inc.

This reflects the outlook

of quietly-spoken Frank, who

believes in developing longclients.

With meeting facilities

providing space for working

on concepts together, Frank is

looking forward to the shared

environment boosting creative

output even further.

Now entering his third

Business group’s new chairman

Clevera’s multi-level creative workspace at the Workhouse, Brannam Square

decade in business in North

Devon, Frank welcomes clients

old and new to discuss their

design requirements at Clevera’s

new home.

■■Details 01271 346759 or

Lee says: “I’m delighted to

have been appointed to this

key role and I hope the fact

that I am in my 30s sends a

positive and clear sign that

the FSB is a forward-thinking

organisation determined to do

everything to help and support

our members whatever their

background or business.

Lee was the youngest

person to hold senior FSB

member positions in Devon

and is now the youngest FSB

regional chair across the whole

of the country.


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